The Manhattan Short Film Festival 2017


Don’t miss the 20th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, featuring 10 great new shorts from around the world – and YOU help select the winner!

Moviegoers in Tucson will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 20th Annual edition of “the world’s first global film festival,” Manhattan Short Film Festival, screens at The Loft Cinema.

“You Be the Judge!”

What makes the Manhattan Short Film Festival unique is that the audience will not only be watching and enjoying the films, but judging them as well. Each audience member will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes will be tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to festival headquarters where the winner will be announced in New York City, as well as posted on the Manhattan Short website, on Monday, October 3.

With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated for, and even winning, the Academy Award in the short film category, the Manhattan Short Film Festival has become known as a breeding ground for the next big thing, and you’re a part of the action!

Do No Harm – A single-minded surgeon is forced to break her physician’s oath when violent gangsters storm into a hospital to stop a crucial operation. (Dir by Rosanne Liang, 2017, New Zealand, 12 mins., Not Rated)

Just Go! – A young man who lost both his legs in a childhood accident comes to the rescue of the girl he loves when she is victimized by villains. (Dir. by Pavel Gumennikov, 2017, Latvia, in Latvian with English subtitles, 11 mins., Not Rated)

Behind- A divorced mother is obsesses with the idea that her ex-husband is plotting to take her  baby away from her. (Dir. by Angel Gomez Hernandez, 2017, Spain, in Spanish with English subtitles, 15 mins., Not Rated)

Mare Nostrum – On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian father’s decision to give his daughter a better life puts her I danger of losing it. (Dir. by Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf, 2017, Syria, in Syrian with English subtitles, 13 mins., Not Rated)

Fickle Bickle – Let alone in a magnificent mansion after the forgetful owner goes on vacation, a plumber contracts his high school crush, knowing she’s always been a “gold-digger.” (Dir. by Stephen Ward, 2017, USA, 11 mins., Not Rated)

Viola, Franca – Sicily, 1965.  Franca is being forced to marry her rapist to avoid becoming a pariah in her traditionalist community, but she rebels against the established custom. (Dir. by Marta Savina, 2017, Italy, in Italian with English subtitles, 15 mins, Not Rated)

Hope Dies Last – During WWII, a prisoner working as a barber for the Nazis fears every haircut may be his last. (Dir. by Ben Price, 2017, UK, 8 mins., Not Rated)

In a Nutshell – Love, war and the myriad states of humanity and the world condensed into a visual summation that’s a treat for the eyes. (Dir. by Fabio Friedi, 2017, Switzerland, no dialogue, 5 mins., Not Rated)

Perfect Day – With a $10 million business deal set to close and a date as well, David figures today will be the best day of his life.   Not quite. (Dir. by Ignacio Redondo, 2017, Spain, in Spanish with English subtitles, 11 mins., Not Rated)

8 Minutes – With the end of the world fast approaching, an aging magician realizes one last feat of magic is required of him. (Dir. by Gega Khmaladze, 2017, Georgia, in Georgian with English subtitles, 13 mins., Not Rated

(Estimated program running time: Approximately 115 mins., Not Rated)